This figure represents a standing woman with arms flattened against an extremely long and flat body. Only the breasts, buttocks and knees project.
She wears a tunic barely indicated by a small fold flaring slightly above the laced ankle boots with curved toes. These typically Etruscan shoes are called "Calcei repandi".
The very smooth and linear body contrasts with the much more detailed head. Framed by a squared diadem, her hair, gathered at the nape of her neck, falls in finely chiselled waves which hide the ears. The regular features of the face are similar to classic Greek models and therefore make it possible to date this work to the 4th century BC.
This figure was found, among many votive offerings, in 1886, in a sanctuary dedicated to Diana near the Lake of Nemi, in Central Italy. As she wears a diadem, it is believed that she represented a divinity, Hera, Aphrodite or Artemis.
As for the deformation of the body, it may have a religious origin. It is found in about a dozen bronze figures of a height ranging between 22 and 57 cm.
The Louvre statuette, however, stands out because of its distinctive quality.
Reproduction in hand patinated resin
Reproduction in bronze with patina
- H. 52,5 L. 5,5 P. 5,5 cm
H. 20.7" W. 2.2" D. 2.2"
Resin : 1.8 lbs
Bronze : 6.4 lbs
- Found in 1886, in Etruria (central Italy)
- Material of the original
- Etruscan Art - 4th century B.C.
- Paris - Musée du Louvre
- Mythology, Greece
- Bronze, Resin
- Art movement
- Greek, Etruscan and Roman Antiquities